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Assessment, Outcomes, and Program Improvement

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Sharing feedback with students is a key component of every course. It has been proven to engage students in a way that improves outcomes and leads to continuous program improvement.

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Assessment, Outcomes, and Program Improvement

  1. 1. ® Maximising Assessment & Driving for Continual Program Improvement Chris Ross Solutions Engineer, Blackboard International
  2. 2. Welcome Chris Ross • Solutions Engineer, ANZ • Worked with Educational Tech. for 15 years • Life is a journey of continuous improvement • BSc Comp Science (Melbourne) • Based in Melbourne, Australia
  3. 3. Agenda 1. Why Assess Learners 2. Importance of Feedback 3. Integrated Online Assessment Ecosystem 4. Learning Outcomes 5. Program Improvement 6. Q&A 3
  4. 4. The Active Learner 4
  5. 5. Why Assess Learners? • Validate Learning Outcomes • Diagnose Learning Needs • Differentiate Learners • Improve Learning Outcomes • Impart Knowledge • Influence Learners • Motivate Learners 5
  6. 6. Effectiveness of Feedback http://repository- intralibrary.leedsmet.ac.uk/open_virtual_file_path/i07n651528t/Using%20assessment%20to%20support%20student%20learning.pdf
  7. 7. Australasian Survey of Student Engagement
  8. 8. Australasian Survey of Student Engagement Feedback should be: • Timely • Detailed • Lead to Improvement
  9. 9. Wonderful feedback, but who saw it? 10
  10. 10. Assignment Inline Grading Workflow 11
  11. 11. What did we hit? 12 Feedback is targeted & timely Assessment is efficient & effective Student Experience is straight forward. Academic experience is straight forward & efficient Digital Breadcrumbs -> Insight & Analytics Process that drives continual improvement
  12. 12. Critical Alignment 13
  13. 13. Graduate recruitment lowest since records began (AFR: Mar-2014) 14 • Poor quality of graduates is a significant problem with nearly one fifth of employers saying “quality, experience and skill of the graduate” was the key issue affecting their hiring. • Employers are looking for; • Interpersonal & Communications Skills - most sought after • Passion, knowledge of industry, drive, commitment & attitude • Critical reasoning & analytical skills • Caliber of academic results Source: http://www.afr.com/p/national/work_space/graduate_recruitment_lowest_since_0pTzsGAW08YIl9nKCPceYK
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  15. 15. Define: Industry Connection 16
  16. 16. Define: Know the Content and how to teach it. 17
  17. 17. DEFINE – Program Learning Goals & Objectives 18
  18. 18. DEFINE – Program Learning Goals & Objectives 19 Where do we do it? When do we do it? How do we do it? How well can our students do it?
  19. 19. DEFINE – Program Learning Goals & Objectives 20
  20. 20. ALIGN – Curricula with adopted goals 21
  21. 21. MEASURE – Identify the instruments and measures to assess learning 22
  22. 22. MEASURE – Identify the instruments and measures to assess learning 23 Goal alignments to the collective rubric Goal alignments to the rubric criteria
  23. 23. ANALYSE – Collect, Analyse & Disseminate Assessment Information 24
  24. 24. ANALYSE – Collect, Analyse & Disseminate Assessment Information 25
  25. 25. ANALYSE – Collect, Analyse & Disseminate Assessment Information 26
  26. 26. USE – Assessment information for continuous improvement 27
  27. 27. Outcomes Repository Copies of Artifacts & Assignments Blackboard Learn Courses Assignments + Artifacts Search + Discover Review + Report Reports & Analysis Rubric Scores From Courses Secondary Evaluation or Rubric Scores From Courses Course-Embedded Assessment
  28. 28. Thank you! 31 Session Objective: For participants in today’s session to take back actionable ideas that can support an institution’s assessment process and program of continual improvement.

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